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science professor in virginia. thank you so much for your time. we have romney and obama in virginia right now. we have this segment called purple rain for a rain. it's solidly purple, and this is an interesting race for many reasons in virginia. what are you watching? >> the problem in virginia for the romney campaign is they're on the defensive on all the issues, on the economy, women's issues, national security, all of issues that are important they're on the defensive right now. they don't have an issue opening to press the obama campaign on in virginia. they're behind on the economy, which was supposed to be president obama's weakness. so i think they're really in trouble in virginia. we've seen a slip on the part of the romney campaign since the convention, so whatever that convention bounces, it turned into a convention slide in virginia. we have a series of polls out now that show the gap widening between obama and romney. i think the romney campaign needs to find an opening, a gap to shoot in virginia on that issue. they need to press that gap. >> it's interesting you say that the
virginia, a must-win state for governor romney, has broken way in favor not only of president obama but the democratic senatorial candidate tim kaine. in wisconsin tammy baldwin is pulling ahead of former governor tommy thompson. there's a pattern here, and the mitt romney campaign is desperate to change this direction. the direction is clear. i think what they're trying to do is muddy the waters and have him shuffle to the center on some issues. i agree with the colleague from "newsweek" who said it's a little late for that. the perception of who they are is hardening in people's minds, and we see the results in important swing states. it's not breaking well for mitt romney. >> you have this headline on how the gop invented mitt romney's moochers. that was the headline you wrote for your piece. part of what david is talking about certainly does tie romney to the republican party. we'll talk about how all the events this week can affect the senate races. >> yeah, yeah. it's really starting to affect senate races and any republican candidates in blue or purple states are having to di
, that direction is iowa, virginia, colorado. so again, everything is very carefully choreographed. the podium is up there. we will hear the first lady and mayor of san antonio speak later on. dell case are starting to file in now. some 6,000 will be here. and the energy level, quite a night here when things get started in a few hours. tamron? >> thank you for the update. associated press with a first lady speech, likely not mentioning romney by name. the lilly led better fair pay act. let me bring in talk show host michael smerconish, senior writer allison samuels, author of "what would michelle do wo." i will start off with you since you are the only one with a book about the first lady. she said they wanted to remind you of the values of her husband. this is not the same pitch ann romney was asked to do. we know the president of course, but what is her challenge today? >> i think it is to remind people how much her husband cares about everyone, how he wants everyone to enjoy that dream of economic, sort of parody, that he still has that desire it see everyone succeed. i think that's been lo
is virginia and next week to nevada. the campaign is sfrpreading outo hit as many swing states as possible. they're spending close to $5 million on 15 new ads in swing states. noticeably absent is michigan, pennsylvania and wisconsin. the states the campaign says they'd like to win. although they aren't competing, they will compete in those states this november. >> thank you very much. the conventions are over, the campaigns are fanning out all across the country in the battleground states. we're keeping score on who won the last two weeks. the answer according to our team gives president obama and the democrats a victory. on who won today's jobs report they give that answer a yes to romney and the gop. joining me now is "newsweek" columnist and cnbc contributor zachary carabell, amy stoddard and chip salgtzman. on the numbers you heard the president say before he took office 800,000 jobs a month were lost. governor romney said this is a national tragedy. what do people need toon about this? >> yes, it's better than it was in december of 2008, january, february, march of 2009 where you wer
in the middle east started to unfold. at a campaign event in virginia just today a few hours ago, governor romney was interrupted by a heckler who aaccused him of politicizing the violence in libya. >> why are you politicizing libya? why are you politicizing libya? >> you see there the man was surrounded and shouted down by the supporters of mitt romney. never answered that question. this morning senator john mccain was asked if he thought the statements after the attack was a misstep by the romney campaign. the senator quickly turned on the president. >> what this is all about is american weakness, and the president's inability to lead. iraq is dissolving o, our relations are israel are at a tension point. i'd like to see the president of the united states speak up once for the 20,000 people massacred in syria. >> joining me now is michael who is also an msnbc contributor and amy stoddard with the hill newspaper. a.b., sthas an pivot or avoidance? what would you call what senator mccain did that interview? he was asked repeatedly by savannah guthrie specifically about governor romney's ac
quinnipiac poll shows the president widening the lead in the key swing states of colorado, virginia and in vice presidential nominee's home state, paul ryan, wisconsin. the president now at 51%. but again, as politico points out, the game is not over yet and they're not the only ones pointing to that obvious note out. let's bring in the news nation political panel for this lovely wednesday. erin mcpike and democratic strategist keith boykin and steve dais. you are no fan of mitt romney. you said he should not be the nominee and dpaugt him hard campaigning in iowa this time and four years ago. is this the man you expected, the guy that said these peoples are victims and appear to not show very much concern for that 47% that he referred to? >> well, i want to take you back to some things i said in the primary, tamron. if you might recall, i told your audience to look at the contested proo e mares and what you found in states that didn't have high mormon populations that were contested of san or the um or gingrich, he lost middle class voters in states like michigan, ohio, for example.
and virginia, the battle between tim cain and george allen. very well if republicans are going to try to run the table to either pick up a net of four seats that they need if president obama wins re-election, virginia will probably have to be a very big component there. republicans also have to hold on to the 50-50 contest in nevada between senator dean heller and shelly berkeley. they're two contests and one that we have all been watching, that one in massachusetts between elizabeth warren and scott brown. republicans really need to be able to win that so they can actually net elsewhere. >> all right. so one thing, though, when it comes to the todd akin-clare mccaskill race, we're seeing the first mccaskill ad taking him to task about the legitimate rape comments. let's take a look. >> todd akin said he didn't like social security. on september 3rd, 2011, todd akin said medicare was unconstitutional. march 16th, akin said he wants to abolish the minimum wage and august 19th todd akin said only some rapes are legitimate. what will he say next? >> so, mark this is the first time she's used th
. in three key states, virginia, florida, ohio, almost $1 million there they're spending. where is this election coming down to? no question about it. you at those three states, that's what the romney campaign sees. despite the pick of paul ryan from wisconsin, no advertising in wisconsin, no advertising in michigan, no advertising in pennsylvania. really quite striking. >> all right. thank you very much. we'll talk with you tomorrow. and when he takes the stage tonight, president obama will certainly try to rekindle enthusiasm that swept the nation only four years ago. the 2008 election was a once in a lifetime historic event. since then, many have said the president has not done enough as far as communicating his message despite his great oratory. in "the new york times," nicklas writes, a president's central job is not pollty but national team captain. there obama failed us. joining me now, douglas brinkley. thank you so much for joining me. what do you make of this ad saying that he believes the president has failed, he did not live up to this franklin roosevelt, the firesid
in virginia. the president said this of romney's accusations that he's given up on changing washington. >> i made this same point in a town hall in florida. i said one thing i've learned is that you can't change washington just from the inside. for some reason my opponent got really excited. he rewrote his speech real quick. he stood up at a rally, proudly declared, i'll get the job done from the inside. what kind of inside job is he talking about? >> this started when governor romney's team tried to get traction by going after the president 'remarks he made at the univision forum regarding bringing change to washington. >> i learned lesson over the last four years, and the most important lessons i've learned is you can't change washington from the inside. >> the president today threw in the white flag of surrender again. >> here's one of the problems. four years ago governor romney said this while running for the republican nomination against senator john mccain. >> i believe that at this time to change washington it would be helpful to have somebody who comes with more private sector skill
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